Sierra Ferrell, writer, singer and player of many instruments talks about her debut album and what influences her unique sound.
Sierra Ferrell grew up in small town West Virginia, moving with her mom around the state as a child. Then she “got into a dark place in West Virginia and I needed to get out.” So, Ferrell left the state and hit the road as an adult in her early 20s. As a result, she found her way and her unique voice living out of a van while gigging across the country. Joining her was a troupe of roving musicians, playing truck stops to alleyways. They are even known to play in freight-train boxcars speeding down the railroad tracks.
The chops earned busking around the country taught Sierra the techniques and playing style featured in her new album. Drawing from that, she recorded her first album guided by her self-described “country heart but a jazz mind.” And this year’s release, Long Time Coming, highlights Ferrell’s multiple talents. On it, she displays prowess as a writer, singer and player of the band saw, toy piano and guitar.
Now, Ferrell is touring the country, fresh off a stop and impressive performance in Winchester at the Bright Box Theater. Before that show, Sierra Ferrell joined Double J on WAMM to discuss the new album. Highlights include her early experiences busking, touring during COVID times and working with talented musicians such as Billy Strings and Sarah Jarosz.
Sierra Ferrell’s next appearance in the area is December 6 in Washington, DC at Union Stage. Get your tickets here.
We rotate seven songs from Sierra’s debut album on WAMM – what is your favorite?
Steep Canyon Rangers’ mandolin player and vocalist Mike Guggino talks to WAMM about the band and its upcoming tour stop in the Shenandoah Valley.
Back in 2000, a couple of UNC students started jamming bluegrass tunes together. Guitarist Woody Platt and banjoist Graham Sharp formed the base of what is now the Steep Canyon Rangers. Shortly thereafter, Platt drove to Ashville to ask long time friend Mike Guggino to join. A musician experienced with a number of instruments, Guggino decided to explore his musings with the mandolin and hooked up with the Rangers.
Layer in subsequent members Nicky Sanders on fiddle, percussionist Mike Ashworth and Barrett Smith on the upright bass and you have the band in its current form. The Steeps are now on tour and playing the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Orkney Springs on Sunday, September 5.
Mike Guggino talks to Double J on WAMM Radio to preview this exciting appearance in the Valley. Mike discusses joining the band, influences such as Bill Monroe and collaborating with comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short. Guggino provides his insider’s perspective on the creative process of the band. Listen to the full interview here:
Buy your tickets now to reserve your spot for a memorable experience at the SVMF:
WAMM Radio continues coverage of the best high school football matchups in the northern Shenandoah Valley in 2021. Craig Orndorff travels the Valley for another full season, bringing you all the action. Listen with the best sound quality ever on 97.9 FM and right here on WAMM.online all season long.
The season kicks off with a big inter-county battle between Central and Page, and culminates with a Shenandoah County rivalry between Strasburg and Central. Here is this year’s schedule:
Aug 27—Central at Page County
Sept 3—Broadway at Strasburg
Sept 10—Bath County at Mountain View
Sept 17—Central at Clarke County
Sept 24—Mountain View at Central
Oct 1—Broadway at Central
Oct 8—Mountain View at Strasburg
Oct 15—Page County at Mountain View
Oct 22—Luray at Strasburg
Oct 29—Warren County at Mountain View
Nov 5—Central at Strasburg
The games continue through the playoffs. Then stay tuned to WAMM for coverage of high school basketball later this year.
KANSAS lead singer talks to WAMM Radio about the upcoming tour stop in the Shenandoah Valley by the legendary band.
Nearly 50 years ago, the band KANSAS released its first album. 20 album releases later the band has sold over 30 million records. Now, KANSAS takes to the road delivering notice they are still a dominant force in rock. You can bear witness when the legends perform live at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Orkney Springs, VA on Saturday July 31.
KANSAS lead vocalist Ronnie Platt talks to Double J on WAMM Radio to preview this epic event. Ronnie discusses how he joined the band, culminating in the recent studio and live albums the band has produced. Finally, how he looks forward to seeing all the Valley has to offer. Listen to the full interview here:
Preview the show by checking out KANSAS in its current form on the newly released live album The Point of Know Return Live & Beyond. This is the band as they are currently configured and touring:
Before the show, you owe it to yourself to check out the two latest releases by KANSAS – The Absence of Presence from 2020 and The Prelude Implicit from 2016. Both are worthy throwback rock records with that classic KANSAS sound: